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The human body is an amazing machine. It regulates, adjusts, changes, improves, and breaks down, constantly compensating day in and day out. Before it decides to shut down completely, generally, it gives us several warnings. Each body speaks a little differently, but there are some rather universal messages that most bodies send out. Have you learned to interpret your body's way of speaking to you?

SIGNAL: Your ears and/or throat are itchy. POSSIBLE MESSAGE: You've got candida overgrowth. The average American eats approximately 150 pounds of sugar or one of it's forms a year. A small amount of candida (a yeast like fungus living in the gut) is normal. However, it feeds on sweets and refined foods and can quickly rise to unhealthy levels. Other signals you could have related to candida overgrowth are mood swings, fatigue, weak immune system, weight gain, thrush (white coating on the tongue) and frequent yeast infections. LISTENING RESPONSE: The best and quickest way to get candida under control is to starve it. Remember that it flourishes in the presence of sugar...all sugars including fructose. Cutting off the food supply, fruits and juices included, as well as processed foods will often times bring the count back to a normal range. SIGNAL: Headaches POSSIBLE MESSAGE: Drinking too much diet soda, or dehydration. Artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, can trigger a range of headache symptoms. Studies show that aspartame is a neurotoxin. Further studies are being conducted to understand the effect it has on damaging nerve tissue. Current studies have already concluded that it disrupts the nerve signals that enable the brain to properly register satiety (the sensation of hunger). The main toxin is methanol, which is broken down into formaldehyde in the body. Other symptoms might be cravings of sweet or salty foods, inability to focus or irritability. Your body is primarily made of water. If you are not daily replacing the water that is needed by the fluids of the body it can not regulate and adapt as easily as it needs to in order to maintain health. One of the first symptoms of dehydration is a headache between the eyes. If dehydration continues the pain will continue to spread. Other symptoms that suggest dehydration are infrequent urination, dark yellow or smelly urine, cracking lips or dry skin. If you are thirsty, you are well into the dehydration process. LISTENING RESPONSE: When the urge for a diet soda strikes, try drinking sparkling mineral water with either a lemon or lime wedge, a small amount of unsweetened 100% fruit juice, or a couple of drops of flavored stivia added to it. The best way to determine if you are drinking enough water is to measure it. Get a glass or stainless steel jar and put a specific amount of clean water in it. Count how many of these containers you consume in a day. A good rule of thumb for moderately active people is to drink half their body weight in ounces. So if you weight 150 pounds you need to drink a minimum of 75 ounces of WATER a day. If you are more active you need more than 50%. SIGNAL: Eczema or Acne POSSIBLE MESSAGE: You are eating something that doesn't agree with your digestion system. When you are ingesting a food you that you don't tolerate very well it causes a chronic irritation and inflammation to the stomach and lining of the intestines. Eventually there is enough irritation to cause small holes, allowing undigested foods, proteins, and bacterias to leak out of the gut and into the bloodstream. A skin rash, including acne, is a sign that the body is trying to get rid of these toxins by bringing them to the skin and sloughing them off. LISTENING RESPONSE: Start eliminating one food at a time from your diet for a period of 10 days. Pay attention to how your body changes during that time. Then try eliminating another food. The most common foods that are irritating are: wheat, sugar, dairy, soy, corn and yeast. Or you could do allergy testing through kinesiolgy. SIGNAL: Fatigue POSSIBLE MESSAGE: Too much caffeine. Dr. Hass, a physician with a natural medicine approach, explains it simply like this: "Caffeine goes to an already low energy bank account and tries to lend it a little extra energy for the short term. But it's getting that energy from your own stores, meaning you have less and less on reserve, leaving you less able to generate your own energy on an ongoing basis." Too often we rely on caffeine to stimulate our adrenal systems to get us going or get us through an event. Therefore we deplete the system's ability to regulate and produce the correct hormones. Other symptoms suggesting too much caffeine are jitters, agitation, insomnia, heartbeat irregularities, and frequent urination. LISTENING RESPONSE: Limit your daily intake of caffeine to no more than 300 mg daily. A 12 ounce cup of Starbucks daily brew packs on average 260 mg. The same size black tea contains about 100 mg, and green tea approximately 50 mg. Caffeinated soft drinks range from 40-55 mg in a 12 ounce serving. Secondly, get more sleep and relaxation as well as examine your diet to see what your actual nutritional content is that you are using to rejuvenate your body. By listening to the signals your body is giving off you will probably be able to make some major changes in its efficiency. However, if you need some help fine tuning some areas, we are here to help. Give us a call and ask how we can help. 703-246-9355.

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